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July 4, 1872
 
Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth president of the United States, was born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont.  Coolidge assumed the presidency from his position as vice-president, when President Harding died.  At 2:47 a.m., on August 3, 1923, at the Coolidge's family farm, Calvin's father, John, swore in his son as president of the United States.  Calvin Coolidge is the only U.S. president to be born on Independence Day.
 
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July 5, 1961
 
Robert Frost is named the first poet-laureate of Vermont.  He wrote "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," and lived in Ripton.
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July 7, 1777
 
The Battle of Hubbardton, the only battle of the American Revolution fought on Vermont soil, ended in victory for the British under General Burgoyne.  As Colonel Seth Warner and his regiment of Green Mountain Boys retreated, Warner cried out, "Meet me in Manchester," where he and his men rallied and went on to victory at the Battle of Bennington.
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July 9, 1888
 
Vermont's first Jewish congregation was incorporated in Poultney.
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July 26, 1830

The rising waters of the New Haven River surround nineteen people at New Haven West Mills.  They are swept downstream and only five escape.
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July 27, 1927
 
Charles Lindbergh, the first person to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris, visited Vermont's first airfield and flying school in Springfield.
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July 31, 1790

The first United States patent, signed by President George Washington, was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Pittsford, Vermont, for a process he developed for making potash from wood ashes.  Potash is a necessary ingredient in the manufacturing of soap and was very important to the Vermont economy.
 

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